Tuesday, January 31, 2006

NBC/WSJ Poll: Bush At 39% Approval Rating

These numbers in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll are just as bad as the numbers in the previous seven polls released by ARG, FOX News, Washington Post/ABC News, NY Times, TIME Magazine, Bloomberg/LA Times, and Gallup in the past few days:

WASHINGTON - Heading into Tuesday's State of the Union address and the beginning of the 2006 political season, President Bush faces an electorate that continues to be dissatisfied with his job performance, increasingly wants U.S. soldiers to come home from Iraq, and believes the Republican Party is associated more with special interests and lobbyists, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The overall political climate for Bush is “gray and gloomy,” says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart. “In general, people are just not in a happy mood.”

The poll, however, contains a slice of good news for the Bush administration: A small majority approves of the administration’s controversial use of domestic wiretaps without a court order to track calls between terrorist suspects and U.S. residents. But a majority also believes that these wiretaps could be misused.

The survey, which was conducted from Jan. 26-29 of 1,011 adults and which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, shows Bush’s approval rating at 39 percent, which is unchanged from last month’s NBC/Journal poll. (Other recent national surveys have shown his approval rating to be slightly higher, in the low 40s.) In addition, only 25 percent say they want to see Bush take the lead role in setting policy for the country, while 49 percent say they prefer Congress.

“He’s off track,” says Hart, who wonders if Bush will use his State of the Union address to strike a more conciliatory tone with his political opponents. “If it is ‘our way or the highway,’ it will be a very long year for the president.”
39% approval for the preznit, 49% of the public want Congress to take the lead role in setting policy for the country while 25% want the preznit to take the lead role in setting policy.

Can you say extremely unpopular preznit?

Can you say most unpopular second term preznit since Nixon?

Apparently many on the TV and in the papers can't. Ever since the Washington Post/ABC poll in December had Bush rising to 47% approval (an outlier, btw - the rest of the polls at the time had Bush in the low 40's still), the meme has been Bush is on the comeback.

But as we can all see from the numbers, people don't trust this preznit to set policy or guide the country.

In fact, according to the NBC/WSJ poll, 53% of the public believe Preznit Bush is dishonest and untrustworthy. And according to the Washington Post/ABC News poll, 76% of the public want the preznit to disclose Jack Abramoff's meetings with people in the White House.

They don't trust him anymore.

The seeds are definitely being set for a GOP rout in November. The public is "gray and gloomy," they don't trust the preznit, they believe the ruling GOP party is too tied to special interests and lobbyists, and they want a change in direction for the country.

And this is all before Tom Delay and Bob Ney are indicted in the Abramoff scandal and Karl Rove is indicted in the CIA leak case.

Can you sense the seismic shift in the electorate?

I can.

And I know the Democrats will attempt to fuck things up with their own special brand of magic, and I also know Karl Rove will try to Diebold as many elections as he can this November to keep the Dems from taking back either the House or the Senate or both.

But things feel pretty bad for the GOP and the White House right now and if the Democratic Party gets subpoena power next November, things are going to get really bad for the GOP and the White House.

Your mouth to God's ear, buddy.
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